SYRIZA sets out on path to unity

SYRIZA leader Alexis Tsipras moved a step closer to securing a unified voice for his party, which is made of more than a dozen factions, as he received overwhelming backing from members.

Tsipras proposed at a party congress over the weekend that a central committee be formed to oversee the running of the party and the creation of a more centralized decision-making process around a core set of policies.

In results announced Monday, 74.3 percent of members supported this idea, whereas 25.7 percent backed the party’s “Left Platform,” which was led by MP Panayiotis Lafazanis and wanted to maintain the plurality of previous years.

“The new group will not be many parties packaged as one,” Tsipras told SYRIZA members.

Lafazanis was booed by some supporters when he voiced his opposition to the unification of the party’s groupings.

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